Accession Number : AD0606416

Title :   ECONOMETRIC VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY SCHNEIDER,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Massell,Benton F.

Report Date : MAY 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : In a recent paper, Harold K. Schneider provides an interesting and provocative analysis of the economic activities of the Turu, an aboriginal tribe in the central part of Tanganyika. He provides evidence that the Turu are, to a large extent, motivated by economic considerations, notably, maximization of profit and accumulation of wealth. While he stops short of a quantitative analysis of the Turu economy, Professor Schneider does provide some ex cellent data relating to agricultural production, the principal Turu occupation. The present paper presents an analysis of these data, using elementary econometric techniques. Thus Schneider's qualitative observations on the relationship among the variables are supplemented by a more formal treatment that involves fitting a production function to cross-section data, using multiple regression analysis. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AGRICULTURE, TANZANIA), (*ECONOMICS, AGRICULTURE), (*STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, ECONOMICS), PRODUCTION, STATISTICAL FUNCTIONS, STATISTICAL PROCESSES, SUBSAHARAN AFRICA

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE